I know that I’ve talked about Gatiss being an internet troll, but it seems that Moffat wants his moment on the receiving end of some fist-shaking from the fans.
Not that this hasn’t happened before. Moffat is close on Gatiss’s heels.
“Flowers in a Box”
“Flowers in a Box” is a notoriously hilarious troll fanfiction, written in the tradition of “My Immortal,” a truly horrendous fanfiction penned (or rather, pounded haphazardly) in 2006. (http://encyclopediadramatica.ch/My_Immortal) though not specifically related to “My Immortal,” “Flowers in a Box” is undoubtedly just as horror-tastic. The critical difference being that the author is unapologetically trolling.
Published on fanfiction.net in August of 2011, “Flowers in a Box” consists of 14 chapters (most less than a page long) of barely comprehensible drabble based loosely on BBC’s Sherlock. The author reveals clearly in the last two chapters that the fic is a troll, as she reverts back to normal, comprehensible English and excuses herself by claiming that all prior foolishness had been a dream that John was having. The fanfiction contains numerous thinly veiled references, including Anderson’s dinosaur fetish, a suggestion of a Dr. Who crossover, and dialogue about a towel, referring to another of Martin Freeman’s movies The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The author, samlicker113, is present on tumblr as Penworthy (http://penworthy.tumblr.com/) and is actually quite hilarious.
- ”:(” said sherlock “but you were dead, for realz-“
- “i would liek to be beaked into a cake so i cood eat it but anyways im not dead” said mycroft
- mycroft wakled away twilling his umbrella (whos name is lesty and he lieks to cudle it at nihgt and pertend it is lestrande)
- “becuse i forgot my towel” said jonh
“what are you on your period or something?” said sherlock also bitchily (but john can sound way more bitchy because morgan freman plays him)
“you should know i’m not a girl after you spent all night sucking my dick ;)” said john (john has the hots for sherlock even if he has squinty eyes)
(i bet john has a squinty eyes fetish)
- anderson stempted through the doorway of the door. in side was a bunch of creepy sutff like spider web and a fish tank with deadly fish and a hammer head shark in it. and so was moriarty.
Full fic available here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7338112/1/Flowers_In_A_Box
This has something to do with Sherlock, but does Gatiss explain? Of course not.
Mark Gatiss, being weird some more.
Mark Gatiss being a troll (not about Sherlock, but very revealing of Mark Gatiss’s sense of humor)
Mark Gatiss is an Internet Troll
Mark Gatiss, the co-writer and co-creator of Sherlock (along with Steve Moffat) is very fan-savvy. One of his favorite hobbies is using his twitter feed to troll fans by offering them tantalizing bits of information about filming Sherlock that actually may mean absolutely nothing. Moffat has been known to do this as well, but to a much lesser extent. Perhaps the most interesting one, and the most overlapping with the exposition of the “fourth wall” is this image:
which refers to a well-known Sherlock fandom blogger. This is supposedly a picture of Martin Freeman, and it may very well be, but I personally suspect that it could in fact be Gatiss himself hiding behind the parka hood. It really is John Watson’s parka from the series, but the hands don’t really look like Freeman’s. Compare:
There could be a number of contributing factors, but given that we already know how much Gatiss likes to mess with people, it seems entirely believable that he would do such a thing.
He also posted this picture during the filming of series 2, knowing that fans would see “bed” and immediately jump to sexy, sexy conclusions, which he purposefully did not bother to correct:
Further Gatiss tweets to follow.
Benedict Cumberbatch, busy breaking the fourth wall in a cafe with this doodle that someone drew for him, based on the Sherlock fan-comics by Geothebio.
This one is a bit of a meme crossover. The text is from a troll fanfiction called “flowers in a box,” which I think I will get to tomorrow, but which is a pretty critical part of the Sherlock fandom.